Authentic Soviet interior at Kaunas pharmacy ”Vilties vaistinė”, Lithuania

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Taken the 03/09/10
Kaunas pharmacy Vilties vaistinė, situated on Laisvės Alėja (Liberty Boulevard, one of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe), was established in 1925, and in 1958 it moved to its present location.

Its nowadays unique interior – with large wall fresco, stalactite-like glass plafonds, decorative wooden counters and cabinets – was designed in 1982. Creation of fresco required utmost concentration – if an element was not completed within six hours, it should have been repainted anew.

Marble blocks for flooring were “officially stolen” from the remainders of marble used for construction of the Lithuanian nuclear power plant, or, more precisely, they were “exchanged” for the medical spirit. Arūnas Šiaučiulis, the owner of the Vilties vaistinė, says with an ironical smile – “the power plant has long gone, but the pharmacy remains alive”.

At the time of flourishing in 1980s, some 35 qualified employees were working in the pharmacie and its laboratory, selling and producing medicines, as well as arranging student trainings.

After the breakup of the Soviet Union, Arūnas with companions have privatized the pharmacy. Today two family enterprises run under one roof – adjacent to the pharmacie is a small cosy café run by Arūnas’ wife Aušra (her name is translated as “Dawn”). They serve home-made vegetarian/vegan meals, fresh pastry and wholegrain breads, curative teas and non-alcoholic liqueurs based on herbs and roots. They even have their own dandelion coffee, an amazingly aromatic drink you wouldn’t be able to taste anywhere else!
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Latitude: 54° 53' 52" N, Longitude: 23° 54' 18" E see »

Location: Lithuania

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